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The scramble for land and land-related resources by powerful actors engenders various resistance and challenges by peoples’ organizations, social movements, and activists committed to the advancement of the rural poor’s fundamental rights to the natural ‘commons’ and livelihood resources. Southeast Asia boasts of diverse and numerous movements and organizations committed to social and economic justice. In this presentation, Mary Ann shares some of the trends around land and resource grabbing-- including the dominant governance model: mechanisms, actors, experiences, and impacts, that is ‘transforming’ rural Southeast Asia, and resistance struggles, including key demands and alternative perspectives/visions.
Mary Ann Manahan is a program officer with Focus on the Global South-Philippines Programme. She joined Focus in 2003 and works on the Reclaiming the Commons programme, with focus on land, water, social and environmental justice and gender issues. Her work combines activism, research, advocacy and campaigning